A group of Derry schoolchildren have signed up to take part in a unique dancing event.
Eighteen young couples will be putting their best foots forward in the Strictly Kool KidZ dance competition for the Foyle Hospice.
While many adults have got the dancing bug through the success of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show, this will be the first time that a dedicated children’s dancing event has been held in Derry.
It was been organized to raise funds for the Foyle Hospice and is being supported by the Derry News.
The competition will be held at the Everglades Hotel on April 5 and April 6.
Tickets for both shows have already sold out but the organisers are looking for local businesses to sponsor each child for only £50.
There is an important cross-community element to the dance event and pupils from schools throughout the city are taking part.
Training for the shows have already started and the kids are being put through their paces by local dance teachers, Tony…….
Tony said it was a different challenge for him teaching young people.
“I’m obviously more used to teaching adults but It is great to be now working with the children,” he said.
“I can be a bit more difficult to get them to concentrate but they are all great and really keen to learn all the moves.”
Someone who has been supporting the children in recent weeks is former Derry City player, Liam Coyle.
Liam has previously taken part in a number of dancing fundraising events for the Foyle Hospice in memory of his brother who died at the hospice four years ago.
“I know at first hand the great work that the hospice does and am always willing to help out,” he said.
“I was asked to help out the children. I’m hardly a great one to be handing on dancing tips but its’ great to see the enjoyment they get out of it.”
Michelle McGinn from the Foyle Hospice said the Strictly Kool KidZ was a new event for the hospice.
“I have been amazed at the response from Primary 6/7 school children to participate,” she said.
“The event aims to promote dance and healthy wellbeing amongst 10-11 year olds whilst at the same time raising the awareness of the Foyle Hospice among this age group.
“Instilling a charitable mindset in children means that they become aware of people in the community that need help and support and they may go on in life to become volunteers or fundraisers for charities in their own communities.
“Through this event we are also promoting cross community relations between local primary schools.”
Any businesses or individuals who would like to sponsor a child for £50 is asked to contact their school or Michelle at the Foyle Hopsice on 71 359 888.
See pages 36 and 37 for photographs of all the children taking part in Strictly Kool KidZ.

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